Partnership For Inclusive Agricultural Transformation In Africa (PIATA)

What is PIATA?

PIATA is a unique 5-year strategic partnership that enables African agriculture actors to do business differently as they support leaders to drive an inclusive agricultural transformation. The innovative partnership aims for integrated delivery within agro-economic zones and across value chains, enhanced in-country coordination to leverage wider investments and deliberate engagement with private sector to build sustainable systems that will transition agriculture from subsistence into a business that works.

Under PIATA, the partners commit to delivering impact against a shared results framework and aligning each country operation to the countries overall vision and national agriculture planning. It is an important collaboration between development partners that support countries in delivering at scale on the Malabo Declaration and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed to by African heads of state and governments and it signals an enduring commitment to Africa’s transformation.


PIATA advances the following four strategic objectives essential to inclusive agricultural transformation:
• Increased staple crop productivity.
• Strengthened and expanded access to national and regional markets
• Increased capacity of smallholder farming households and agricultural systems to better prepare for and
• adapt to shocks and stresses
• Strengthened continental, regional, and government multi-sectoral coordination and mutual accountability in the agricultural sector.

These are driven by a number of intermediate and in some cases crosscutting outcomes including strengthening the policy environment, increasing youth and women’s empowerment, securing public private partnerships and farmer capacity.

Who is in PIATA?

PIATA was initially formed by for leading organizations in African Agriculture: The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In addition to the founding partners, the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ is currently a non-voting member and a resource partner, co-financing AGRA’s strategy in Burkina Faso and Ghana. DFID is an incoming member and resource partner with a focus on promoting regional food markets and food trade through policy predictability and market systems development.

At its onset in September 2016, the partnership provided up to U.S. $280 million to catalyze and sustain inclusive agricultural transformation in at least 11 countries in Africa. BMZ provided additional resources of EUR 10 million for co-financing AGRA’s strategy in Burkina and Ghana. The partnership actively seeks to align efforts with development partners at country and regional level. Other partners may join the PIATA formally in time.

PIATA aims to leverage the full complement of tools, systems, knowledge, and resources of partners to a common goal of catalyzing and sustaining an inclusive agricultural transformation in Africa to increase incomes and improve the food security of 30 million smallholder farm households. The 11 priority countries include: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

PIATA pulls these partners together in ways that help catalyze and sustain a transformation at scale while attracting other public and private players in the agriculture landscape to join and work together to support Africa on a path to prosperity through agricultural transformation.

How does it work?

PIATA is organized around two levels of engagement:

1. PIATA Advisory Committee (PAC) consisting of representatives of each of the four founding partners as well as non-voting members. PAC oversees PIATA as a strategic partnership to foster the spirit of alignment and cooperation for greater impact at scale.
2. Country Advisory Committees (CAC) for each of the Priority Countries composed of representatives from the members, select in-country experts, members of civil society, private sector and other partners. The role of the CAC is to ensure strategic partnership at the country level in accordance with the strategy and the agreed objectives. The CACs advance PIATA engagement in their respective countries and ensure alignment with the country’s government and other partners.

PIATA supports and complements existing national, regional and continental bodies and initiatives by providing the necessary support to play their role in supporting countries to deliver on the Malabo commitments. It works through AGRA’s full business model of grantmaking, consultancies, technical assistance, partnerships, communications and convening. The ultimate hope is that the PIATA model will attract other public and private players in the agriculture landscape to join and work together to support Africa on a path to prosperity through agricultural transformation. PIATA partners include governments, implementing partners, continental bodies among others.


Sustaining and scaling progress in the sector will require greater political, policy, and financing commitments from across the public and private sector, as well as a stronger vision and approach for how all actors can work better together. It is clear that increasing the level of financing into the sector is not enough without coordinated action.

This is right moment for the partnership for African agriculture. The continent is ripe for transformation. Many of the technologies, practices and policies needed for transformation are known, and just need to be taken to scale. Broad and sustained economic growth across the continent had led to significant increases in public and private investment. Many countries and their leaders are increasingly taking ownership of their own national plans for agricultural transformation for broader economic growth. With this base, rapid progress is possible if all actors are able to work together to help smallholders take advantage of this moment.